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Genesis‬ ‭6:11-12‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭”The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed... CORRUPTION

Genesis‬ ‭6:11-12‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭”The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.”‬‬

INSIGHT
-Corruption in Hebrew is written as mishchath & it means decadence, degradation, decay, perversion, bribery, fraud & manipulation. Corruption is often referred to as embezzlement of public funds by a person(s) in authority or bribery for personal gain. We find a broader definition of the word corruption in the Bible which implies general moral degradation which also involves bribery & other such vices.
-Our first interaction with this word in the Bible in Genesis 6 reveals a state of violence & moral decadence among the people, prior to which; God looked at the earth & saw that everything was good. Noah lived among immoral people but was separated in character as we are told that he was a just man & walked with God. God then instructed Noah to build an ark which represents His divine protection & in a broader sense having one door, the ark is a symbol of salvation; for Christ is the only Door to the Father/ eternal life. Noah is among those mentioned in Hebrews 11; for He had great faith in God having been divinely warned by God about destruction & obeyed by building the ark disregarding the cost & time duration it would take, thus considered righteous just like Abraham. Since righteousness is justification through faith in Christ Jesus, we are called to have firm faith in God our Protector, Provider, Deliverer & Savior that we may walk with Him in good works according to His will.
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‬ ‭‬‬‬‬PRAYER
We thank You Father for we have began a new week in perfect health. We humble ourselves before You Lord our Father that You may deliver us, our families & nation from all unrighteousness & mould us so that our characters may be a reflection of You Father. Grant us firmer faith in You Lord & renew our minds so that we may walk with You in obedience to Your word. Be will all those who are unemployed Father that they may start working & guide us who are working to bear much fruit holding fast patience. Remember also Lord all students who are undertaking their exams, that You may grant them success. We praise You & glorify Your name now & forever. Amen

 

 

Deuteronomy‬ ‭32:4-5‬

“He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. “They have corrupted themselves; They are not His children, Because of their blemish: A perverse and crooked generation.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

INSIGHT
-God is our Rock, upright & Righteous in nature by whom we are called to holiness, but in our imperfections we often fall into temptations of sin just like the Israelites did in the Old Testament. Jesus Himself is a model of how to conquer temptation when He was tempted three times & overcame. The first temptation was when He was told by the devil to change stones into bread. Second; He was tempted to throw Himself down from the pinnacle of the temple & receive salvation from the Father, & lastly satan took Jesus to a high mountain & showed him the splendour of the worldly kingdoms with a promise to give Him everything once He agrees to worship him (Mat 4:1-11). Jesus stood firm by the scripture with perfect knowledge of the will of the Father & His assignment to save the world from sin & such corruption. Most often we are faced by such temptations which revolve around riches, lust, pleasure, authority & power; which bring about idolatry & corruption of the world into our hearts & societies. We are reminded that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses & ought to lay aside every weight & sin that easily ensnares us & look unto Jesus the author & finisher of our faith so that we may have the strength to preserve & finish the race (Rom 12:1). Corruption has blinded our eyes as a society & most men seek opportunities to get wealth without considering the well-being of the future generations & most importantly; the will of the Father in our lives & nation. God calls us to a new life of healing & reconciliation individually & as a nation saying, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chr‬ ‭7:14‬).

PRAYER
Jesus our Savior Who is seated at the right hand of the Father have mercy on us & on the whole world. We confess our personal sins, sins of our families, sins of our fore-fathers, sins of our leaders, sins of our nation & those of the whole world, forgive us Father. Many are the times we have loved money more than You Lord, have mercy on us. Many are the times we have stolen & coveted other peoples property, be merciful unto us Oh Lord. Many are the times we have gone against Your holy will Lord, have mercy on us & heal our land Almighty Father full of grace. Deliver us from all evil & change our lives Lord. Bless our nation Father so that we may prosper in every good work that You have designed for us. All glory, honor, riches, power & authority belongs to You Lord, now & forever. Amen

 

 

1 Samuel‬ ‭15:9‬

‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬“But Saul and the people spared Agag and the best of the sheep, the oxen, the fatlings, the lambs, and all that was good, and were unwilling to utterly destroy them. But everything despised and worthless, that they utterly destroyed.”

INSIGHT
-King Saul having been instructed by God through Samuel to attack the Amalekites & destroy everything, he spared king Agag & the best of their flock. Having been entrusted by God & the people, holding the highest public office in Israel, he displayed a sense of corruption & was rejected as king. David was thereafter anointed king of Israel after his death. Likewise, after the destruction of the wall of Jericho, the Israelites conquered the city & brought all gold, silver, bronze & iron articles into the house of the Lord & saved Rahab, her family, & all her possessions as instructed by God. Achan coveted the beautiful Babylonian garments, silver & gold, took them for himself & buried them close to his tent. This angered the Lord & Joshua in judgement led the people in stoning him together with his sons, daughters, livestock, tent & all he had in the valley of Achor (Jos 7:18-25). (Probably the Chinese borrowed their execution tactics from this event). On one hand; Achan & Saul were judged in condemnation; facing death as the consequence of their sin & on the other, Rahab received grace which is a gift from God in eternal life through His Son Christ Jesus (Rom‬ ‭6:23‬).
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PRAYER
Lord our Father full of mercy & grace, have mercy on us, our leaders & on the whole world. In boldness we come to Your throne of grace Jesus; that we may obtain mercy & find grace to help us always. Direct us & our leaders in all our decisions Lord; that they may always follow Your holy will. Help us Father to realize that there is more to life, all things belong to You & that You are our Provider. You loved us first Lord; help us to love You & one another for love covers all sin. Amen

 

1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:33-34‬

‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬“Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.” Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.”

INSIGHT
-Apostle Paul reveals that some of the people we associate with do not know the statutes of God thus may lead us astray. It is therefore a call to surround ourselves with people who exhibit good moral conduct, those with the capacity to make proper decisions without compromise, those who have a high sense of integrity & would rather say no than take or give bribes, those who encourage us everyday giving us hope to achieve the best of our abilities & most importantly those who keep watch not to defile themselves with sin. Peer influence has been sighted as one of the most common causes of social vices in all age groups. Corrupt peers therefore have the ability to completely change ones moral character given time in mental processing & moral conviction for an accrued benefit.

PRAYER
Our Father who at in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread & forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. Do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For thine is the kingdom, the power & the glory forever & ever. Amen

 

 

Acts‬ ‭13:36-38‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭”For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins;”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

INSIGHT
-King David served his own generation in doing the will of God & led the people in many wars & gained many victories. God blessed him & his descendants directly through his son Solomon who also became a great king & his reign was filled with peace. But King David in human nature died in the decrees of God & his body in corruption was reduced to dust. Through the root of David; God raised His own Son who never saw corruption & through Him we will be put on incorruption & immortality through eternal life in Christ Jesus (1 Cor ‭15:53-54‬).‬‬

SUMMARY

-Corruption in Hebrew is written as mishchath & it means decadence, degradation, decay, perversion, bribery, fraud & manipulation. Corruption is often referred to as embezzlement of public funds by a person(s) in authority or bribery for personal gain & general moral decadence according to the the word of God. Corruption can be sighted for the first time in Genesis 6 where all the people were violent & immoral except Noah & his family (Gen 6:11-12). God had initially looked at the earth & saw that everything was good & Noah lived a separated life given that he was a just man & walked with God. God then instructed Noah to build an ark which represented His divine protection & having one door, it was a symbol of salvation; through Christ who is the only Door to the Father/ eternal life. Noah is among those mentioned in Hebrews 11; for He had great faith in God having been divinely warned by God about destruction & obeyed by building the ark disregarding the cost & time duration it would take, thus considered righteous just like Abraham. Since righteousness is justification through faith in Christ Jesus, we are called to have firm faith in God our Protector, Provider, Deliverer & Savior that we may walk with Him in good works according to His will. King Saul & Achan were corrupt & never followed the will of God. King Saul was instructed by God through Samuel to attack the Amalekites & destroy everything but he spared king Agag & the best of their flock (1 Sam 15:9). He was entrusted by God & the people, holding the highest public office in Israel, he displayed a sense of corruption & was rejected as king. David was thereafter anointed king of Israel after his death. Likewise Achan coveted the beautiful Babylonian garments, silver & gold, took them for himself & buried them close to his tent, after the destruction of the wall of Jericho & Israelites conquest. This angered the Lord & in judgement Joshua led the people in his execution by stoning him & all he had at the valley of Achor (Jos 7:18-25). Achan & Saul were therefore judged in condemnation; facing death as the consequence of their sin & Rahab received grace which is a gift from God in eternal life through His Son Christ Jesus (Rom‬ ‭6:23‬).‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jesus Himself is a model of how to conquer temptation when He was tempted three times & overcame (Mat 4:1-11). Jesus stood firm by the scripture in perfect knowledge of the will of the Father & His assignment to save the world from sin & such corruption. Most often we are faced by such temptations which revolve around riches, lust, pleasure, authority & power; which bring about idolatry & corruption of the world into our hearts & societies. We are reminded that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses & ought to lay aside every weight & sin that easily ensnares us & look unto Jesus the author & finisher of our faith so that we may have the strength to preserve & finish the race (Rom 12:1). Apostle Paul warns that evil company corrupts good morals thus calls us to be righteous & not to sin for some people we relate with do not know have the knowledge of God &may thus lead us astray (1 Cor 15:33-34). It is therefore a call to surround ourselves with people who exhibit good moral conduct, those with the capacity to make proper decisions without compromise, those who have a high sense of integrity & would rather say no than take or give bribes, those who encourage us everyday giving us hope to achieve the best of our abilities & most importantly those who keep watch not to defile themselves with sin. Peer influence has been sighted as one of the most common causes of social vices in all age groups. Corrupt peers therefore have the ability to completely change ones moral character given time in mental processing & moral conviction for an accrued benefit. Corruption has blinded our eyes as a society & most men seek opportunities to get wealth without considering the well-being of the future generations & most importantly; the will of the Father in our lives & nation. God calls us to a new life of healing & reconciliation individually & as a nation saying, “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chr‬ ‭7:14‬).‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬PRAYER‬‬

Father God You are the Alpha & Omega the Beginning & the End the First & the Last. We praise You Father of all creation & thank You for calling us to be Your people. Our nation is bleeding in corruption, save us Oh Lord. We humbly ask You to guide & direct our leaders so that they may be responsible for the wealth of the nation & utilise our resources properly; for the good of all. Father God there is corruption in our religious beliefs, churches, societies & homes; help us. Corruption in our hearts; cleanse us Father & purify us with Your precious blood Jesus. In a special way we thank You for the peace & tranquility we continue to enjoy in our country, all glory & praise belongs to You Lord. Amen

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